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Office For The Aging

6 Court Street
Delhi, NY  13753
(607) 832-5750
ofa@co.delaware.ny.us

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Monday through Friday
8am to 4pm
 
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A PDF version of this flyer can be downloaded here.

 

FREE INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE WITH FREE E-FILING!

Free Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) and low and moderate-income individuals.  Tax assistance is available in Delaware County from February 15th until April 14th.

If you have been paying to have your taxes done, this may be the year to make a change. 

AARP Tax Aide volunteers, certified by the IRS, are trained to help taxpayers with basic returns and supporting schedules.  They also assist low and moderate-income individuals.  There is no age limit or income limit.  The complexity of the return determines if the return is in scope for this unit.  Call weekday mornings for an appointment.

We have 6 locations around Delaware County:

For Delhi and Sidney: This service is available by appointment only!
For the other 4 locations: Appointments will be given priority – walk-ins will be welcome.

LOCATIONS:  CALL FOR THE NEXT AVAILABLE APPOINTMENT

Delhi: Phone: Delaware County Office for the Aging, 607-832-5750 for the next available appointment.

Grand Gorge Senior Dining Center: Phone Grand Gorge Civic Center, 607-588-6166.

Hancock Senior Dining Center: Phone:  Hancock Baptist Church, 607-637-2219.

Middletown Senior Dining Center: Phone:  Margaretville Methodist Church, 845-586-4764.

Sidney Senior Dining Center: Phone:  Sidney Civic Center, Phone: 607-563-2212.

Walton Senior Dining Center: Phone:  St. John's R.C. Church, Benton Avenue, 607-865-6739.

Questions may be directed to the Delaware County Office for the Aging , 607-832-5750

 

Winter Safety Tips

Information from Care.com & Delaware County Office for the Aging

Avoid Slipping on Ice

Icy, snowy roads and sidewalks make it easy to slip and fall. "Unfortunately, falls are a common occurrence for senior citizens, especially during the winter months," says Dr. Stanley Wang, a physician at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif. Often these falls cause major injuries such as hip and wrist fractures, head trauma and major lacerations. While younger people often recover relatively quickly from such injuries, older adults face complications, which Dr. Wang says are a leading cause of death from injury in men and women over the age of 65. Make sure to wear shoes with good traction and non-skid soles, and stay inside until the roads are clear. Replace a worn cane tip to making walking easier. Take off shoes as soon as you return indoors because often snow and ice attach to the soles and, once melted, can lead to slippery conditions inside.

Dress for Warmth

Cold temperatures can lead to frostbite and hypothermia -- a condition where the body temperature dips too low. According to the CDC, more than half of hypothermia-related deaths were of people over the age of 65. So don't let indoor temperatures go too low and dress in layers. Going outside? Wear warm socks, a heavy coat, a warm hat, gloves and a scarf. In very cold temperatures, cover all exposed skin. Use a scarf to cover your mouth and protect your lungs. Your body temperature should never dip below 95 degrees -- if it does get medical assistance immediately.

Fight Wintertime Depression

Because it can be difficult and dangerous to get around, many seniors have less contact with others during cold months. This can breed feelings of loneliness and isolation. To help avoid these issues, family members can check in on seniors as often as possible; even a short, daily phone call can make a big difference. Seniors can also arrange a check-in system with neighbors and friends, where each person looks in on one or two others daily.

Check the Car

Driving during the winter can be hazardous for anyone. But it is especially dangerous for older people, who may not drive as often anymore or whose reflexes may not be as quick as they once were. Get your car serviced before wintertime hits -- or ask a family member to bring it to a garage for you. Checking things like the oil, tires, battery and wipers can make a big difference on winter roads. Also make sure your AAA membership is up-to-date in case of emergencies.

Prepare for Power Outages

Winter storms can lead to power outages. Make sure you have easy access to flashlights and a battery-powered radio in case the power goes out. Stockpile warm blankets. Longer power outages can spoil the food in your refrigerator and freezer so keep a supply of non-perishable foods that can be eaten cold on hand. If the power goes out, wear several layers of clothing, including a hat. Move around a lot to raise your body temperature. Check out this winter weather checklist from the CDC to make sure you have everything you may need.

Eat a Varied Diet

Because people spend more time indoors and may eat a smaller variety of foods, nutritional deficits -­especially Vitamin D deficiency -- can be a problem. The Office for Aging registered dietician recommends consuming foods that are fortified with Vitamin D, such as milk, grains and seafood options like tuna and salmon.

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Using a fireplace, gas heater or lanterns can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. Ensure your safety by checking the batteries on your carbon monoxide detector and buying an updated one if you need to.

The most important tip to keep in mind during the colder months is to ask for help. If you need to clear your property of snow and ice, don't hesitate to ask a family member or neighbor, or hire a professional. Arrange rides to the grocery store and doctor's appointments.  Call the Delaware County Office for the Aging at 607-832-5750 to use the Senior Transportation System and our Non-Emergency Transportation Service.  Don't be afraid to reach out for Help.

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Vision

 Statement for the Delaware County Office For The Aging
The Year 2020

Proposed by the Delaware County Office For The Aging Advisory Board
Drafted by the Vision Committee, January 12, 2012


  • We see an environment in Delaware County that encourages and enables older adults to make educated life choices.

  • We see an era of sensitivity toward our environment, diminishing natural resources and changing economy and its impact on future generations.

  • We see barrier-free access to comprehensive health care and supportive services.

  • We see the implementation of a transportation and communication network that supports the needs of older adults.

  • We see Delaware County with safe, affordable, and comfortable housing for older adults.

  • We see an environment that nurtures cross generational engagement through both human contact and technology.

  • We see a caring support system that promotes dignity and independence for older adults.

  • We see an environment that supports persons in care giving and other family obligations.

  • We see older adults playing an integral part in the life of the community where they are an accepted and respected part of society.

  • Since older adults impact the entire Delaware County community in all its complexity and since the entire community affects all older adults, we see this vision statement as one of a comprehensive vision for the future of Delaware County.

DONATIONS

The Delaware County Office For The Aging welcomes donations to help maintain and expand its services to the elderly. Please make checks payable to: Delaware County Office For The Aging and send to us at 6 Court Street, Delhi, NY 13753.


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Delaware County Office For The Aging ◦  6 Court Street ◦ Delhi, NY 13753 ◦ 607-832-5750